In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and joy. Friday Night Lights displays the stress that the town gives the high school players to win, and the hope that the team gives to a small town, and how a team has its low points, its high points, and how they come together as a team on their way to victory. Written by
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drew inspiration from Smash Williams for his character on Community
(2009). "When you think of the former high school football star, you think 6-foot-2, white, meathead as the model for that kind of character. Since I'm not 6-foot-2 or white, I just thought about what I could bring to it. I thought about Smash Williams from 'Friday Night Lights', like the cocky quarterback, and played around with that". See more
During the episodes showing Coach Taylor visiting, and subsequently working at, (the fictional) Texas Methodist University, the end-zones of the field have "Texas State" written on them. See more
Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Pilot